Our daily preview of a valley high school football team focuses the spotlight on the Palm Springs Indians. Palm Springs is looking to rekindle its CIF playoff success after losing in the first round each of the past two seasons. The Indians figure to challenge for the Desert Valley League title again.
Palm Springs quarterback William Olvera in action during practice on August 16, 2014 in Palm Springs.
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The Palm Springs offense, which returns most of its top skill position players including third-year starting quarterback William Olvera, should be the best in the valley this year. Four of Olvera’s top five receivers return in Riley Hagar, Tayler Hawkins, Ray Mullen and Noah McGuire.
After making it all the way to the CIF title game in 2011, the Indians have been one-and-done in the playoffs each of the last two years.
Addition: Adding size in the trenches will be 6-foot-4, 325-pound Robbie Bonaparte, a transfer last season who only became eligible at the end of last season. A load on the line, he’ll be a starter this year.
Subtraction: The big loss of the offseason was linebacker Chance Spates, who led the team in tackles the last two years. Replacing his production and leadership on a defense that held four opponents to less than seven points last season will be vital.
Key number: 28. Palm Springs enters the season on a 28-game regular season home win streak and has won 32 of its last 33 homes games overall. The last time the Indians lost on their home field was Nov. 9, 2012 in a playoff game against Temescal Canyon, whom they face at home on Sept. 12.
“We want to win DVL and make a run at CIF. We feel like we have the players to do that this year.”
— William Olvera, junior quarterback
INDIANSat a GLANCE
Coach: Dan Murphy — 15-7, 2 seasons
Last league title: 2012
Last season: 7-4; lost in CIF first round to Colony
Returning starters: Eight on offense, five on defense
9/5 at Redlands
9/12 TEMESCAL CANYON
9/19 at Murrieta Mesa
10/3 at Coachella Valley
10/10 XAVIER PREP
10/17 at La Quinta
10/24 PALM DESERT
10/31 at Indio
11/7 CATHEDRAL CITY
Best player you haven’t heard of
Noah McGuire: A sophomore reserve last season, McGuire caught 35 passes and rushed for six touchdowns. Now a junior, he will be expected to have more of a featured role.
Palm Springs has the talent in place to win the Desert Valley League title and more if they can stay healthy and players live up to their capabilities. No team has a better group of skill position players, and multiple players have Division I scholarship offers, and others have that capability.